Human Resources

CARES Act Allows Tax-free Student Loan Assistance

CARES Act Allows Tax-free Student Loan Assistance

Among other measures aimed at easing student loan burdens during the coronavirus pandemic, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) includes a provision that temporarily allows employers to make tax-free payments of up to $5,250 toward their employees’ student loans. Under this provision, employer payments toward their employees’ qualified educational loans between …

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COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Family Medical Leave: Key Provisions

COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Family Medical Leave: Key Provisions

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which goes into effect on April 2, 2020. The new law imposes sweeping new emergency paid leave and expanded family medical leave requirements for employers nationwide. Here is a summary of the key provisions affecting employers: EMERGENCY PAID SICK LEAVE …

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Resolving Workplace Conflicts

Resolving Workplace Conflicts

Workplace conflicts are inevitable. Clashing personalities, stressors at work and simply spending large amounts of time with the same group of people can generate conflict. In fact, a recent study revealed that 85% of employees reported dealing with some form of conflict at their workplace. Unresolved workplace conflicts not only negatively impact employee morale, but …

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Jury Duty Leave Requirements

Jury Duty Leave Requirements

Federal law imposes the following jury duty leave requirements on all employers: Employers are prohibited from discharging, threatening to discharge, intimidating, or coercing any permanent employee because of the employee’s jury service in a federal court. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers cannot make deductions for absence of an exempt employee due to …

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The Cost of Employee Turnover

The Cost of Employee Turnover

High turnover rates can be incredibly costly to an organization, making employee retention vital to success. While established employees can offer valuable insights based on their experiences in the organization, when they leave the organization they take all of that experience with them, forcing resources to be used on finding and training a replacement. The …

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